'A third of WC police stations in dark during load shedding'

The DA says 41 out of 150 police stations in the province do not have generators.

FILE: The SAPS notes that the Western Cape is due to receive 22 generators. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims just under a third of the Western Cape's police stations have been left in the dark during load shedding.

A parliamentary reply has revealed, compared to other provinces, the Western Cape has the largest shortage of electricity generators.

The DA's Western Cape spokesperson on community safety, Mireille Wenger, says police officers forced to work without adequate resources deserve better.

Wenger says 41 out of 150 fully fledged police stations in the province do not have generators.

"The concern is that police stations in the province may be unable to function inadequately during load shedding, which has been known to become a regular occurrence. Many of the stations that do not have generators are in the rural areas."

Wenger says while the South African Police Service notes that the Western Cape is due to receive 22 generators, it's not nearly enough.

She adds this will only provide half of the stations with the much needed equipment.

Wenger plans to write to the National Police Commissioner to ensure all stations are properly equipped to function during load shedding.